Dicranopalpus ramosus agg.


Dicranopalpus ramosus agg female

Female with a leg missing discovered on shed wall. 31st July 2020. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. - female

Female on local woodland path.
29th July 2015. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. - female

Female on local woodland path.
29th July 2015. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. - male

Male discovered on local woodland path.
11th August 2015. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg female

Female discovered on shed wall.
31st July 2020. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. - female

Female on local woodland path.
29th July 2015. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg. - female

Female on local woodland path.
29th July 2015. © Peter Hillman

Dicranopalpus ramosus agg male

Male discovered on garage wall.
14th September 2020. © Peter Hillman

Family Phalangiidae

Body length up to 6 mm.

This harvestman has notably forked pedipalps, and it is often found on walls and vegetation with its legs stretched out to its sides and its forked pedipalps pointing forward. The males are darker than the females with a characteristic ‘Zorro mask’ across the eyes.

Seen Agust to November, it is a fierce hunter which prays on other invertebrates.

Found in woodland, hedgerows and gardens. Originally discovered in Morocco, Dicranopalpus ramosus spread to Europe in the early 1940s, and was reported in Bournemouth, Dorset, in 1956. It has become well established throughout Britain, reaching Scotland in 2000. It is now regarded as a frequent species.

A new scientific paper proposes that Dicranopalpus caudatus is a valid separate species from Dicranopalpus ramosus rather than just a different name for the same harvestman. The 2 species, which occur in the same range, cannot be told apart without a microscope, hence the agg. or senso lato, which puts the 2 species together when recording sightings.

Recorded and accepted via iRecord.